News Releases

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Calls grew today for North Carolina lawmakers to reject a bill backed by Duke Energy that would allow the utility to increase rates on consumers and move forward with expensive infrastructure projects paid for by its captive ratepayers.
Friday, May 17, 2019
A bill introduced today in Congress would ban the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS from use in a primary source of exposure to the compounds.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
A bipartisan group of senators, led by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Shelley Capito (R-W.V.), introduced legislation today to require the Environmental Protection Agency to set a health-protective legal limit for toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, in drinking water.
Monday, May 13, 2019
Plaintiffs awarded more than $2 billion in damages.
Friday, May 10, 2019
The head of Duke Energy, the largest investor-owned electric utility in the country, threatened to pull back future investments in customer services in South Carolina after state regulators voted to cut the steep rate hike proposed by the utility.
Friday, May 10, 2019
A bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced legislation today to improve cooperation between state regulators and federal agencies, including the Pentagon, to address PFAS contamination near government facilities and military installations.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
In a major move to protect California children, farm workers and their families, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today it will ban the use of a toxic pesticide shown to cause brain damage at even low levels of exposure.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Top political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency ignored calls by agency scientists and lawyers to implement an outright ban of asbestos, according to internal memos obtained by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. The memos and the EPA’s actions were reported today by The New York Times.
Monday, May 6, 2019
The known extent of contamination of American communities with the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS continues to grow at an alarming rate, with no end in sight. As of March 2019, at least 610 locations in 43 states are known to be contaminated, including drinking water systems serving an estimated 19 million people.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Legislation pushed by Duke Energy that could relax North Carolina regulators’ oversight of electricity rates passed the state Senate Thursday, sponsored by lawmakers who have received hefty campaign contributions from the powerful utility.
Friday, May 3, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency is formally requesting feedback on a petition submitted by EWG and food companies seeking to significantly limit the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer/Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, on oats that are used to make a wide array of children’s foods, like breakfast bars and cereals.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Duke Energy is the largest investor-owned electric utility in the U.S. But a new report by Environmental Working Group reveals another distinction: Its puny investments in renewable energy, schemes to penalize customers who want to go solar, and environmental record make Duke public energy enemy No. 1.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency said today the active ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto’s carcinogenic weedkiller Roundup is safe, ignoring a growing body of independent research showing a strong connection between glyphosate and cancer in humans.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
In a historic tipping point, renewable energy sources this month will generate more electricity in the U.S. than coal-fired power plants for the first time, new federal data show.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The array of toxic pollutants in California drinking water could cause more than 15,000 cases of cancer, according to a peer-reviewed EWG study that is the first ever to assess the cumulative risk from all contaminants in the state’s public water systems.
Monday, April 29, 2019
A bipartisan bill introduced in the House today would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set a health-protective legal limit in drinking water for the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, which contaminate a rapidly growing roster of hundreds of public water systems nationwide.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The draft interim recommendations for cleanup of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, announced today by Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, are a woefully inadequate response to the growing nationwide crisis of drinking water contaminated with PFAS, said EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals sailed through a key committee Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Private wells across Iowa are contaminated with unsafe levels of two agricultural contaminants, according to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group and the Iowa Environmental Council.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
A major coal mining company in Indiana has hired former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans to close several coal-fired power plants in the state.
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